At the annual CBCA NSW Branch Lady Cutler Dinner, a story about a girl asserting her right to not succeed saw author Danika Hall win the prestigious Charlotte Waring Barton Award.
In addition to receiving this award the previously unpublished author will now have the opportunity to work with HarperCollins Publishers Australia and further develop her skills through the 2016 Aspiring Writers Mentorship Program. Danika’s winning manuscript, The Trophy Family Challenge, is written from the perspective of Caterina who has the misfortune to be part of an overachieving family. A keenly observed and witty insider in the world of the trophy obsessed, Cat is battling to eek out her own identity. This is a book that will resonate with middle primary aged children and beyond. Especially those who have ever felt at odds with their siblings, the family status quo or just life in general!
Danika Hall on winning the Mentorship and Charlotte Waring Barton Award for 2016 said, ‘I am thrilled and honoured to receive the award and feel very grateful to the CBCA NSW Branch and HarperCollins for this opportunity to work on my manuscript and further hone my writing skills.’